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After the woman went public with the lawsuit, agreed to screen members against state and federal sex offender registries.
Alan Paul Wurtzel pleaded no contest to sexual assault and was sentenced last September to a year in jail for attacking the woman.
Match, as a paid site, has an easier time determining someone's real identity, because a credit card is attached to an account.
Increasingly, the digital space is getting as difficult to navigate for sex offenders as the real world can be given laws on where they can live.
Earlier this year, a Louisiana judge struck down as unconstitutional a law that banned sex offenders from using Facebook and other social networking sites.
Louisiana lawmakers responded by passing a new law that requires sexual deviants to list their sex offender status on all of their social networking profile pages.
The Consumerist has previously noted the oddness of rooting out sex offenders, but not Ok Cupid, given that they're both owned by IAC.
“In the interest of protecting and educating users, I strongly encourage all online dating companies to adopt the same principles as these industry leaders,” Harris said.
An Arizona sex offender was recently sentenced to 10 years in prison because of his persistent use of Facebook.
He claimed that the social networking site was necessary part of the marketing strategy for his web-design business." The land of the Big Easy wants to make it very hard for sex offenders to use social networks.
In addition to checking subscribers against national sex offender registries, Match.com, e Harmony and Spark Networks vowed to implement “rapid abuse reporting systems” to members.
Any member who is identified as a registered sex offender will not be allowed to use the services, Harris said.